A stunning 35-yard goal from defender Joel Lynch helped Huddersfield to a narrow victory over Charlton.

The Wales international fired into the top corner on 65 minutes to add to James Vaughan's 45th-minute opener.

Charlton pulled a goal back when Cameron Stewart rifled a shot off the underside of the bar from the edge of the area with 11 minutes remaining

Chris Powell's visitors dominated the closing stages but were unable to snatch an equaliser.

The two sides were playing each other for the second time in just three weeks, having met at the same ground in a thrilling Capital One Cup second-round tie that Huddersfield edged 3-2.

The second half of this encounter lived up to the excitement of that match, but the first period was short on quality.

Home comforts

Huddersfield are unbeaten on their own turf, and have not lost in seven league games at the John Smith's Stadium, stretching back to the visit of Hull on 30 March

In fact, it was not until the 45th minute that either side managed to register an attempt on target, with Charlton's Simon Church heading straight into the hands of goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

Huddersfield responded with their first attempt on goal a minute later - and it broke the deadlock.

Adam Hammill crossed towards the far post, where Vaughan headed home.

Charlton, helped by some wayward defending, provided much more of an attacking threat after the restart and could count themselves unlucky when an on-target Johnnie Jackson effort struck team-mate Marvin Sordell in the area and deflected harmlessly wide.

Instead, Huddersfield extended their lead as Lynch's perfectly placed long-range strike flew beyond the despairing dive of Charlton keeper Ben Hamer and into the top corner.

The visitors, yet to win away from home this season, set up a tense finish through Stewart's powerful drive but despite dominating late on, they could not find a second goal.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"It was an even game I think - the difference was a wonder strike from Joel Lynch. I am surprised it did not go through the net he hit it so well.

"We did well in spells. It was a little bit pedestrian but it is early days, you are not going to get the finished article straight away.

"I thought we were better in the second half and controlled it more. I am pleased with the three points because it gives everyone a lift."

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

"It was a patchy first half from both teams but conceding the goal when we did put us on the back foot. It was a good response from us in the second half but you can't legislate for a wonder goal.

"We were certainly the side I felt pushed more in the second half but Huddersfield saw it out. However you earn your points in the Championship, they are always well earned.

"It is frustrating. I've had a good response from the players recently after an indifferent start. I'll take some positives from the defeat. As long as we recover and don't get too downhearted about this evening it will be all systems go for Millwall on Saturday."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Huddersfield

  • 01 Smithies
  • 05 Clarke
  • 33 Lynch
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 03 Dixon
  • 06 Hogg (Gobern - 51' )
  • 07 Scannell (Richards - 70' )
  • 08 Clayton Booked
  • 12 Hammill (Norwood - 80' )
  • 09 Vaughan
  • 14 Stead

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett
  • 02 Woods
  • 04 Norwood
  • 10 Gobern
  • 21 Richards
  • 17 Paterson
  • 26 Carr

Charlton

  • 01 Hamer
  • 05 Morrison
  • 06 Dervite Booked
  • 15 Wood (Stewart - 68' )
  • 04 Jackson (Pigott - 86' )
  • 08 Stephens Booked
  • 14 Pritchard
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 23 Wilson
  • 09 Church Booked
  • 10 Sordell (Harriotts - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Alnwick
  • 03 Evina
  • 11 Harriotts
  • 24 Cousins
  • 27 Gower
  • 32 Stewart
  • 35 Pigott
Ref: Attwell
Att: 12,248

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

2 3

Corners

3 4

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:58 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:45

Clearance by Dorian Dervite.

90:00 +5:39

Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +5:20

Joe Pigott challenges Oscar Gobern unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +4:54

Clearance made by James Vaughan.

90:00 +4:50

Corner taken by Dale Stephens from the left by-line.

90:00 +4:29

Shot by Dale Stephens. Blocked by Jon Stead.

90:00 +4:28

Clearance made by Peter Clarke.

90:00 +4:21

Free kick taken by Ben Hamer.

90:00 +3:58

Adam Clayton goes into the referee's book.

90:00 +3:58 Booking

Booking

90:00 +3:51

Adam Clayton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Harriott.

90:00 +3:10

Peter Clarke manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:33

Joel Lynch makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:27

Joe Pigott takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Peter Clarke gets a block in.

90:00 +2:27

Jon Stead manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:24

Bradley Pritchard produces a cross.

90:00 +2:22

Joel Lynch makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:22

Clearance by Bradley Pritchard.

90:00 +2:20

Paul Dixon manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:17

The ball is delivered by Lawrie Wilson.

90:00 +2:15

Clearance made by Oscar Gobern.

90:00 +2:11

Bradley Pritchard crosses the ball.

90:00 +1:47

Rhoys Wiggins delivers the ball.

90:00 +0:54

Joel Lynch takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:33

Dale Stephens goes into the book.

90:00 +0:33 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:22

James Vaughan fouled by Dale Stephens, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +0:15

Clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.

90:00 +0:09

Clearance by James Vaughan.

90:00 +0:07

The ball is sent over by Bradley Pritchard.

89:55

Clearance made by Peter Clarke.

89:51

Corner from the right by-line taken by Dale Stephens.

89:31

Dale Stephens has an effort at goal. Oliver Norwood gets a block in.

89:26

Joel Lynch makes a clearance.

87:52

Peter Clarke makes a clearance.

87:46

Peter Clarke makes a clearance.

87:45

Cameron Stewart sends in a cross.

86:38

Cameron Stewart sends in a cross.

86:02

Clearance by Michael Morrison.

85:41

A cross is delivered by Rhoys Wiggins.

85:20 Substitution

Substitution Johnnie Jackson leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Pigott.

84:54

Clearance by Ashley Richards.

83:11

Callum Harriott takes a shot. Blocked by Oscar Gobern.

83:08

Clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.

83:04

Dorian Dervite restarts play with the free kick.

82:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Pritchard by Jon Stead.

79:05 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Norwood is brought on as a substitute for Adam Hammill.

78:16

Assist by Rhoys Wiggins.

78:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Cameron Stewart - Huddersfld 2 - 1 Charlton Cameron Stewart scores with a right foot finish. Huddersfield 2-1 Charlton.

77:37

Clearance by Peter Clarke.

76:18

Header at goal by Bradley Pritchard goes over the frame of the goal.

76:13

Lawrie Wilson produces a cross.

75:13

Bradley Pritchard takes a shot. Alex Smithies blocks the ball.

74:58

Joel Lynch restarts play with the free kick.

74:56

Paul Dixon fouled by Callum Harriott, the ref awards a free kick.

73:24

Free kick taken by Lawrie Wilson.

73:09

Unfair challenge on Lawrie Wilson by Paul Dixon results in a free kick.

72:56

Oscar Gobern takes the free kick.

72:52

Johnnie Jackson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oscar Gobern.

71:32

Clearance by Anthony Gerrard.

70:45

Clearance by Michael Morrison.

70:44

Paul Dixon crosses the ball.

69:46 Substitution

Substitution Sean Scannell goes off and Ashley Richards comes on.

68:06 Substitution

Substitution Callum Harriott comes on in place of Marvin Sordell.

67:53 Substitution

Substitution Cameron Stewart is brought on as a substitute for Richard Wood.

67:21

Shot by Adam Hammill went wide right of the post.

64:09

Adam Clayton provided the assist for the goal.

64:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Joel Lynch - Huddersfld 2 - 0 Charlton Joel Lynch slots the ball left footed into the goal. Huddersfield 2-0 Charlton.

62:34

Jon Stead takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

62:32

Clearance made by Michael Morrison.

62:26

James Vaughan takes a shot. Blocked by Dorian Dervite.

60:19

Michael Morrison sends in a cross.

60:17

Dorian Dervite takes the free kick.

60:00

Bradley Pritchard fouled by Adam Clayton, the ref awards a free kick.

59:11

Shot by Johnnie Jackson.

58:05

Rhoys Wiggins delivers the ball.

58:02

Peter Clarke makes a clearance.

57:40

Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.

57:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Johnnie Jackson.

56:56

Clearance made by Paul Dixon.

56:51

The ball is crossed by Rhoys Wiggins.

56:31

Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

56:13 Booking

Booking

56:13

Simon Church is given a yellow card.

54:18

Clearance made by Peter Clarke.

54:16

Marvin Sordell produces a cross.

54:05

Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.

53:35

Dorian Dervite makes a clearance.

53:34

The ball is sent over by Adam Hammill.

53:27

Joel Lynch takes the free kick.

52:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Vaughan by Michael Morrison.

52:28

Clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.

51:47

Dorian Dervite manages to make a clearance.

51:45

The ball is delivered by Adam Hammill.

51:15

Clearance made by Rhoys Wiggins.

51:01

Clearance by Joel Lynch.

50:15 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Hogg leaves the field to be replaced by Oscar Gobern.

47:24

Lawrie Wilson manages to make a clearance.

45:54

Marvin Sordell takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

45:43

Jonathan Hogg makes a clearance.

45:38

Rhoys Wiggins produces a cross.

45:32

Joel Lynch makes a clearance.

45:30

A cross is delivered by Rhoys Wiggins.

45:10

Clearance made by Joel Lynch.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:57 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:31

Adam Hammill provided the assist for the goal.

45:00 +1:31 Goal scored

Goal! - James Vaughan - Huddersfld 1 - 0 Charlton James Vaughan scores with a header. Huddersfield 1-0 Charlton.

45:00 +1:27

Adam Hammill crosses the ball.

45:00 +0:20

Headed chance falls to Simon Church. Alex Smithies catches the ball.

45:00 +0:16

Centre by Rhoys Wiggins.

44:46

Centre by Paul Dixon.

43:30

Johnnie Jackson restarts play with the free kick.

41:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dale Stephens by Jonathan Hogg.

40:12

Richard Wood takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Peter Clarke gets a block in.

40:05

Shot by Michael Morrison. Anthony Gerrard gets a block in.

40:01

Clearance by Paul Dixon.

39:56

Corner taken by Dale Stephens from the left by-line.

39:23

Clearance made by Peter Clarke.

39:22

The ball is crossed by Rhoys Wiggins.

37:26

The ball is swung over by Joel Lynch.

37:13

Bradley Pritchard manages to make a clearance.

36:41

Free kick taken by Ben Hamer.

36:24

James Vaughan challenges Michael Morrison unfairly and gives away a free kick.

36:12

Corner taken by Adam Hammill from the right by-line.

35:45

Sean Scannell takes a shot. Blocked by Dorian Dervite.

35:15

Clearance made by Michael Morrison.

34:42

Michael Morrison makes a clearance.

34:07

Adam Hammill makes a clearance.

34:04

The ball is swung over by Simon Church.

33:27

James Vaughan gets a header at goal. Dorian Dervite gets a block in.

33:26

Michael Morrison manages to make a clearance.

33:25

Adam Hammill crosses the ball.

33:19

Short corner taken by Adam Hammill.

32:52

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Adam Hammill. Blocked by Simon Church.

31:56

Dorian Dervite goes into the referee's book.

31:56 Booking

Booking

31:29

Unfair challenge on James Vaughan by Dorian Dervite results in a free kick.

30:48

The ball is crossed by Joel Lynch.

30:44

Clearance made by Michael Morrison.

30:40

Adam Hammill restarts play with the free kick.

29:45

Bradley Pritchard challenges Jonathan Hogg unfairly and gives away a free kick.

29:25

Peter Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

29:05

Simon Church is ruled offside.

28:56

James Vaughan challenges Johnnie Jackson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

28:30

Clearance made by Joel Lynch.

28:28

Marvin Sordell produces a cross.

27:57

Peter Clarke makes a clearance.

27:54

Centre by Dale Stephens.

27:51

Paul Dixon makes a clearance.

26:19

Clearance made by Peter Clarke.

24:47

Clearance made by Michael Morrison.

24:47

The ball is delivered by Adam Hammill.

23:57

Header by James Vaughan misses left.

23:52

Sean Scannell crosses the ball.

23:14

Dale Stephens restarts play with the free kick.

23:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Dixon on Lawrie Wilson.

22:21

Free kick taken by Dorian Dervite.

22:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jon Stead.

21:29

Shot by Sean Scannell cleared the net.

20:59

Clearance made by Lawrie Wilson.

20:23

Clearance by Bradley Pritchard.

20:21

Dorian Dervite manages to make a clearance.

20:17

Corner taken by Adam Hammill from the left by-line.

19:37

Bradley Pritchard makes a clearance.

19:35

The ball is sent over by Jon Stead.

18:07

The ball is swung over by Rhoys Wiggins.

18:00

Clearance made by Paul Dixon.

17:57

The ball is crossed by Johnnie Jackson.

17:04

Shot by Sean Scannell missed to the left of the net.

16:57

Clearance made by Michael Morrison.

13:18

Joel Lynch restarts play with the free kick.

13:04

Paul Dixon fouled by Lawrie Wilson, the ref awards a free kick.

12:59

Clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.

12:44

Anthony Gerrard manages to make a clearance.

12:41

Centre by Rhoys Wiggins.

12:36

Paul Dixon manages to make a clearance.

12:34

Johnnie Jackson crosses the ball.

12:32

Adam Clayton makes a clearance.

12:31

Centre by Johnnie Jackson.

11:58

Peter Clarke manages to make a clearance.

9:46

Dale Stephens crosses the ball in from the free kick.

9:19

Adam Hammill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhoys Wiggins.

8:30

The ball is swung over by Adam Hammill.

8:30

Clearance by Johnnie Jackson.

7:07

The ball is delivered by Lawrie Wilson.

6:51

Clearance by Anthony Gerrard.

6:02

Michael Morrison makes a clearance.

5:52

Clearance made by Dorian Dervite.

5:37

Clearance by Michael Morrison.

5:35

Adam Hammill crosses the ball.

5:08

Shot by Dale Stephens. Adam Clayton gets a block in.

4:27

Peter Clarke makes a clearance.

3:10

Adam Clayton takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

2:53

Johnnie Jackson manages to make a clearance.

2:47

Adam Hammill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

2:21

Foul by Bradley Pritchard on Adam Clayton, free kick awarded.

0:32

Adam Hammill produces a cross.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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